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Comment Physical Model? (Score 1) 175

Isn't this a physical model like the San Francisco Bay model? Like the kind of models that computers have made obsolete?

I read an article on Slashdot the other day that there was some debate about their usefulness.

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Comment Witch hunt (Score 1) 669

What the kids did is wrong. However, The reason it is *so* wrong, is the hysteria surrounding sexual offenses.

Accusing anyone of this offense may have dire consequences even though no charges are pressed. We are so far past reasonableness when it comes to accusations of pedophilia that I had a moment of hesitation when I googled pedophilia for spelling.

When a person can be required to register as a sexual offender for "peeing in the bushes", (yes, I'm exaggerating), none of us are safe. A witch-hunt mentality seems to have taken over.

On one hand, The kids did a horrible thing, even worse than posting a sign in your front yard that so and so is a pedophile. On the other hand, it's horribleness is a direct consequence of the witch-hunt mentality. I'm so confused.

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Child Abuse Verdict Held Back By MS Word Glitch 191

An anonymous reader writes "Last week several defendants including one high-profile TV presenter were sentenced in Portugal in what has been known as the Casa Pia scandal. The judges delivered on September 3 a summary of the 2000-page verdict, which would be disclosed in full only three days later. The disclosure of the full verdict has been postponed from September 8 to a yet-to-be-announced date, allegedly because the full document was written in several MS Word files which, when merged together, retained 'computer related annotations which should not be present in any legal document.' (Google translated article.) Microsoft specialists were called in to help the judges sort out the 'text formatting glitch,' while the defendants and their lawyers eagerly wait to access the full text of the verdict."

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